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McConnell: DACA Fix Will Be Discussed Next Year 

McConnell: DACA Fix Will Be Discussed Next Year 
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By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 09:03 PM

A must-fix for Dreamers' immigration won't be tackled by Congress this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

In an interview on Fox News' "Special Report," the Kentucky Republican was bluntly negative about the near-term future for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which protects illegal immigrants brought to the country as children and will be dismantled in March if there are no legislative changes.

"No, we'll not be doing DACA, this week," he said. "That's a matter to be discussed next year. The president has given us until March to address that issue. We have plenty of time to do that."

Congress is expected to wrap up its work for the year this week and leave town until January.

In a separate interview with The Hill, McConnell hailed 2017 as "one heck of a good year" for Republicans.

"If you look at 12 circuit judges, a new Supreme Court justice, the regulatory relief and now comprehensive tax reform for the first time in three decades, by any objective standard it's been one heck of a good year for us," he said.

He insisted the GOP tax code overhaul, conservative Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court and other confirmations to the federal bench "are a good thing to take to the American people" in the 2018 midterm elections.

With polls showing weak public support for the tax bill, McConnell blamed the bad numbers on Democratic resistance and alleged slanted media coverage.

"Anytime you come out with a new proposal, at least new to the public, it gets beat up a lot," McConnell told the Hill. "Most of the press, left of center, hit it pretty hard. Of course the Democrats all doubled down against it."

"The argument is still being made," he added. "We're confident this is a good issue to take to the American people."

McConnell said a high point in the year for him, personally, came when Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain — who derailed the Obamacare repeal bill with a surprise "no" vote last summer — announced his support for the tax legislation.

"I think particularly given the way the last Obamacare effort failed, it was, to me, a high point leading up to the final passage, with John McCain coming out foursquare for it," he told the Hill.

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